Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Carole P. Roman
Author: Carole P. Roman
“Hallie sat down, and just like Robin, she flapped and flapped her knees. She looked just like a beautiful butterfly. Feeling light as a feather, she giggled,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s story, I Want To Do Yoga Too.
At twenty-four pages, this paperback targets preschool to early elementary school children and readers who like to learn about yoga. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, the book would best be read to beginner readers based on some of the more complicated, lengthy words. The black ink illustrations with colored accented areas are easy to decipher and usually cover one side of the page while nicely-sized font wording is on the opposite side.
In this quick tome, Hallie went with her mom to a yoga class. Not being an adult, Hallie had to stay with Robin, who watched the young children. Hallie begged her mom to stay and do yoga with her but was still sent to be with the kids.
Robin engaged the child by telling her they were going to have fun today. First she had Hallie pretend to be a tree by standing very still, one foot resting against her calf, making a triangle. Hallie accomplished the task with ease but still complained she wanted to do yoga.
Next Robin suggested being like an airplane, hands spread out and balanced on one foot. Hallie complied, still pouting she wanted to do yoga. The teacher had Hallie sit down with feet together, flapping her legs like a butterfly. Finally Hallie acted as a cobra snake, arching her torso upward with her legs stretched on the floor behind her.
When the girl’s mom was done with her class, Hallie still wished she could do yoga. Robin explained that the positions she had her do of being a tree, airplane, butterfly, and snake were the same as doing yoga positions. Hallie was happy knowing she knows how to do the proper exercises.
Besides teaching how easy it is to instruct a young child to stretch and hold a position, this short story explains many yoga movements. Although Hallie was strong-willed and persistent, she showed perseverance and determination learning new skills. This book would be well-received at any yoga studio where children are welcomed.
Thanks to the author for furnishing this book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.